St. Luke’s, Renton has been awarded a grant for the regathering and growth of Hispanic ministry in the Renton area. The ministry will be under the leadership of Liberato Arellano and the Rev. Kevin Pearson. Grant funds will be used “to begin gathering new and former Spanish-speaking participants, on a monthly basis, after the primary Beloved Community liturgy at St. Luke’s, for a Base Community Model of biblical reflection and talking circle, sharing the stories of their lives as they intersect the biblical witness. This will also be a time of the community’s care for one another and for sharing in prayer.” This grant is intended to deepen the commitment of St. Luke’s to be a diverse church, as well as supporting a self-determining ministry with Latinos.
It is appropriate that funds to support the rebirth of the Hispanic community at St. Luke’s come from the fund created to honor Bishop Nedi Rivera. Bishop Rivera was the first Latina bishop in The Episcopal Church when she was elected to serve as Bishop Suffragan here in the Diocese of Olympia. Bishop Rivera supported and encouraged the Rev. Alfredo Feregrino who was the original gatherer of the bi-lingual Guadalupe community.
Congratulations to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Luke’s!